Cultivating a Cure, an annual fundraiser started by Nationwide board member and former Ohio Farm Bureau President Brent Porteus, raised more than $75,000 to support cancer treatment and prevention research at Ohio State University.
Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation runs the annual event, which was held this year on Aug. 21 at the Watts Family Farm in Alexandria. Hosts were Philip and Barbara Watts. This year’s special guest speaker was new Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Adam Sharp.
One of the event’s highlights was a live auction conducted by well-known Ohio auctioneer Johnny Regula. This year’s event drew 260 people. Nationwide served as presenting sponsor. Bob Evans and Farm Credit Mid-America were heroes sponsors. Guardian sponsor was FLM+ while emerging leader sponsors were DuPont Pioneer, Ohio Ethanol Producers Association, Three Rivers Energy and Ag Credit. Champion sponsor was United Producers, Inc.
Porteus started the fundraiser as a way to remember his wife, Debbie, after she died from breast cancer and to raise funds in an effort to find a cure for cancer. Donations for Cultivating a Cure are still being accepted.
Over the past six years, Cultivating a Cure has raised almost $350,000 for cancer treatment and research at The Comprehensive Cancer Center — Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital, Richard J. Solove Research Institute at Ohio State and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.